The 2018 O'pen BIC North American "Un-Regatta" was hosted by the incredibly hospitable Buffalo Canoe Club in Ridgeway, Ontario, August 9-11.  Tight racing challenged the sailors with unconventional courses, multiple turning marks, and compulsory moves such as capsizes and 360s. The sailors were tested further with the crowd favourite, the Bridge of Doom.  CJ Perez from Hawaii Kai Boat Club took home the North American crown with her keen tactics and smooth boat handling. In second place was Landon Cormie from Vineyard Haven, MA, followed by Kelly Holthus from San Diego YC.   More than 35% of the fleet were young ladies. 

Makani Andrews of Kaneohe YC won the U13 age group outright.  Makani put the fleet on warning early, winning the first two of eleven races overall.  Kiley Freitas, also of HKBC, was the top female and third overall in the U13 division. With O'pen BICs already the largest One-Design fleet in Hawaii, and their aloha spirit dovetailing nicely with the O'pen BIC class culture, it is not surprising that many of the top sailors come from Oahu.

True to "Un-Regatta" form, a spirited O’pen BIC freestyle contest was held Friday with a record 32 teams participating.  "Team Halice", Alice Le Roux with Hannah Sailer, won the hotly contested freestyle with a frenzy of synchronized back bends, rig climbing, wheelies, and dance moves, but many of the teams wowed the crowd.

The O'pen BIC families were also treated to a memorable trip to Niagara Falls and an epic beach party.  Perhaps the highlight of the beach party was the girls vs boyz massive Tug of War contest. The girls won again! 

The excitement continued right thru the awards ceremony when four grants were randomly pulled from a bingo hopper for travel to the O'pen BIC Worlds, hosted by Sir Russell Coutts in New Zealand, 2018 DEC 23 thru 2019 JAN 4.  Two young men and two young women, JP Lattanzi from Hawaii, Landon Cormie from Massachusetts, Ashton Loring from South Carolina, and Sabrina Starck from New York were ecstatic to have their names drawn from the top sailors. 

For those unable to make New Zealand, the O'pen BIC families left the event looking forward to rendezvousing at the 2019 North Americans to be held at Mission Bay Yacht Club, San Diego, March 8-10, 2019. 

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O’Pen BIC North American Champs 2018 - Notice of Race

Registration and charter boat reservation is now live for the O’pen BIC North American Championships, August 9-11, at the prestigious Buffalo Canoe Club. From the North Americans, four very fortunate boys and girls will receive travel grants to the World Championships in New Zealand, hosted by Sir Russell Coutts, 30 Dec 2018 to 5 Jan 2019. Two boys will be randomly selected from the top ten boys, and two girls will be randomly selected from the top six girls.

The Buffalo Canoe Club, located in Ridgeway, Ontario, is an easy drive from airports in Buffalo NY or Toronto, Ontario, and has hosted many national and world sailing championships. BCC has more than 25 O’pen BICs in their own Junior Sailing Program, and the local sailors are keen to share their O’pen BIC hospitality, including visiting the incredible Niagara Falls nearby. Registration is now open right here!

If you want to know what to expect at an O’pen BIC “Un-Regatta”, check this out!


USA O’Pen BIC Full Event Calendar 2018 - updated 15/05/18



Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North American Championships hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19.  Beautiful conditions allowed the completion of 14 races and the O'pen BIC Freestyle Challenge with 32 teams.
 
The highlight of the event, however, may have been the World Premier of the "Bridge of Doom" bringing course obstacles and X-Games feeling to Youth Sailing.   On one reaching leg of the high-speed slalom course, the sailors had to heel over to get under an inflatable arch.  This tested the sailor's boat handling and made for added fun and drama.  The "Bridge of Doom" has now been successfully tested for use at the America's Cup Endeavour O'pen, June 15-18, at the America's Cup Finals in Bermuda.
 
Nine sailors from the North American's now qualify for the America's Cup Endeavour O'pen, and join twenty-three other international O'pen BIC sailors who will be The Half Time Show between Race One and Race Two of the America's Cup Finals, June 17.
 
Find event results at:  http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/12817#_newsroom+results